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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 24, 2008 7:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: For William Tell - I SHALL BE RELEASED

Pity that at the time, Levon Helm, Ronnie Wood and Dylan held Brill building alumni in such low esteem...
since actually, when they were doing their best snotty urban rock in '66, so was Neil Diamond -
check his early rockin' sides out!

Then there always was that envy or group line that held it against artists who made the top 40 or something...

ironically, in the past couple years only 2 artists over the age of 60 have had #1 albums on the Billboard charts - namely Dylan and Diamond (actually it was his only #1 album ever... a factoid which surprised Neil himself, as the one he thought had previously made it #1 only went to #2.
I only like his '65-'67 stuff anyway, and ok, some of those mega hits prior to "I Am I Said" - up to about 1970.

By 1976, hardly any of those Last Waltz performers were then doing anything that I was into at the time, other than "Amelia" by Joni Mitchell.

But I have to share this one vintage nugget I came across on youtube - '65 and '66 footage of The Charlatans!

"Wabash Cannonball" - hey it's cool!


and don't miss this flame-out clip from the Last Days of The Fillmore: Mike Wilhelm argues about Grootna with Bill Graham...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 24, 2008 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: For William Tell - I SHALL BE RELEASED

True enough, CPW, but I will say that the few folks that met up with him that I spoke with in the 70s and 80s always ranked him as the biggest ego around, completely intolerable in any social setting other than worshipness for him.

Not that that necessary means anything, but found it funny if he really did say that to Bob (which fits the ego, and would seem completely out of place with how those other folks would've interacted with each other?)...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 24, 2008 8:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: For William Tell - I SHALL BE RELEASED

Oh no, WT, I can readily picture it... Diamond expecting worship, yikes...

at some point he must have inflated his inner tube way past the red zone...

on a side note, a 1967 interview with Garcia was very kind or at least fair-minded re: The Monkess (for whom Diamond wrote their biggest hit, "I'm A Believer", which was possibly the biggest hit of '66 period - maybe that helped blow his ego out of proportion...
But on the other hand, he couldn't well walk up to Dylan and say,
"I'm the guy who wrote The Monkees biggest hit!"

It seems now that he can't remember much prior to "A Star Is Born" or the Streisand years...

whatever cool he once had seems to be long evaporated...
so I'm with you, laughing with the Band behind his back just a little bit!

Ah, here's some interesting background I just found about the Red Dog Saloon days, to go with that Wabash Cannonball promo...


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